It’s been a while since our last Open Thread, and I couldn’t let this headline pass without sharing it here: Otter at Red River Zoo Destroys OtterBox-Protected Phone
Someone taking a photo of the otters apparently dropped their iPhone in the exhibit. The phone, equipped with an OtterBox case, was picked up by the animal. Zoo-goers watch as the otter rips apart the OtterBox case, dropping the phone into the water. Witnesses say the otter would retrieve the phone, chew on it, and drop it back into the water several times.
According to the official OtterBox website, their product is waterproof and the port covers also keep out dust and debris. The 3-layer design protects against drops, bumps and scratches, but it appears it is no match for actual otters.
Otterbox responded delightfully with a tongue in cheek press release, including a video of other otters playing with one of their actual waterproof cases, and some fascinating teeth-strength data.
The referenced data includes fun facts about otters including, “River otter teeth are some of the strongest, as their canines can deliver a lethal bite and molars can crush bones and the shells of mollusks.” And… “River otter diets include birds, small rodents, frogs, crabs and fish…””and apparently phone cases.”
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